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A major theme in Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men is loneliness Many of the characters experience loneliness but some more than others Candy Curleys wife and even George all experience loneliness Some more than others Candy the ranchs farm hand is an old man who has nobody in the world but his dog Since Candy cannot go out to work in the fields he is left behind to clan and take care of things He is most grateful for his dog being there But not everyone feels that way Candys dog is old and smells and the other men on the ranch complain One of the men suggests that Candy should put the dog out of its misery Candy says he cant do that Hes had that dog since it was a pup So they talk Candy into letting someone else shoot the dog in the back of the head so he wont feel a thing Candy knows he cannot fight this battle and gives in They kill his dog and now Candy suffers a great deal of loneliness Curleys wife also suffered from loneliness She was ignored for her reputation of being a flirt and the fear of getting in trouble with Curley She was ignored by the farm hands and her husband This caused her to seek any kind of attention she could get even through flirting I suppose Lennys killing her put her out of her misery just like the old dog The loneliness that George would have experienced is not told in the book but you know it is there George has to put Lenny out of his misery just like Curleys wife and the old dog George knows that if Lenny is not killed he will suffer more Even though George sometimes grew tired of having to take care of Lenny they were best friends They were all each other had Georges losing Lenny probably made him the
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